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The Tenth Man [DVD]

Anthony Hopkins , Kristin Scott Thomas , Jack Gold    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Anthony Hopkins, Kristin Scott Thomas, Derek Jacobi, Cyril Cusack, Brenda Bruce
  • Directors: Jack Gold
  • Writers: Graham Greene, Lee Langley
  • Producers: David A. Rosemont, Michael Stringer, Norman Rosemont, William Hill, William Self
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, Finnish, French, Italian, Spanish, English, German
  • Dubbed: French, German, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 23 May 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007URSWG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,030 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Anthony Hopkins stars in this World War II drama as Chavel, a wealthy lawyer in a small French village, who is taken hostage by the Nazis and sentenced to death. Awaiting his execution, he meets another prisoner and convinces him to chage places, promising to pass on a fortune to the man's family after the war. After he escapes Chavel takes a position as caretaker at the home of the executed prisoner's sister, but he does not reveal his true identity. And then one day someone answering to the name Chavel turns up at the house...

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), French ( Mono ), German ( Mono ), Spanish ( Mono ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), English ( Subtitles ), Finnish ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), German ( Subtitles ), Italian ( Subtitles ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Based on the novel by Graham Greene of the same name, this is a story of a French advocate Chavel who, while imprisoned by the Germans during the occupation, trades his material possessions for his life with another prisoner when condemned to the firing squad. At the end of the war, Chavel, posing as one of the other prisoners, returns to his home which is now occupied by the prisoner's sister, Therese, who bitterly awaits the return of the man who had indirectly caused the death of her brother. His real identity unknown to Therese, Chavel is invited to stay as a caretaker and to identify Chavel should he return to the house. The relationship between Chavel and Therese develops until one night, someone calling himself Chavel turns up at their doorstep. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Golden Globes, ...The Tenth Man


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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A gripping TV Movie with proper acting shock! 21 Aug 2010
Format:DVD
If it were not clear from the opening titles that this is a TV adaptation of one of Graham Greene's last published works, the scenes of trapped Frenchmen in a Paris prison hearing the chirp of crickets and the mournful hooting of passing railroad freight trains from outside might give it away.

However, great performances by Anthony Hopkins and Kristin Scott-Thomas make this a proper drama unlike the clearly-1980s-Yugoslav-Railways history-book-blooper standard of Robert Mitchum's "The Winds of War".

In the story, the German Army arrests nine innocent men in occupied Paris to act as hostages to be shot in retribution for Resistance acts. Anthony Hopkins (the rich lawyer Chavel) is "the tenth man".

The question of "what is a life worth?" is examined as Chavel first draws the lot according to which he will be shot at dawn, then, in order to escape his fate, transfers his wordly wealth and his ancestral home to Janvier, another, poor, prisoner to take his place. Janvier is shot.

After the war, Chavel has survived and returns to his old home to discover that Janvier's mother has taken up residence along with Janvier's beautiful sister, Thérèse. Thérèse has sworn to kill Chavel should he return, to avenge her brother. Chavel does not let her know his true identity.

To complicate matters, just as Chavel and Thérèse seem to be falling in love, a gold-digging scoundrel arrives calling himself Chavel...he is after Thérèse and the house...so what will the real Chavel do?

There are no features on this DVD except subtitles. Although the official description says "Subtitles: Dutch, Finnish, French, Italian, Spanish" my copy had German also.

At Amazon's price, certainly a gripping alternative to a standard evening's TV fare! (you can also play "spot the Geoffrey "Catweazle" Bayldon"!)
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88 of 89 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Excellent actors and well conceived storyline elevate this movie from its ordinary TV movie of the month origins.
Set in WW II, Hopkins plays Cheval - an ordinary man, a lawyer, trying to live his life unobtrusively amid the occupation. His life is upturned when he is taken in along with a group of others by the Germans and put in jail, ready to be shot as an example to the resistance. When that time comes, he buys his life, giving all he has to another man who wishes to leave the house and wealth for his mother and sister Therese (Kirsten Scott-Thomas).
3 years later after the war, Hopkins returns to his house, and meets the sister, never letting on who he actually is. The lies threaten to unravel when a man (Derek Jacobi) then appears, announcing himself as Chavel.
The story is told in an economical way, leading to a relatively short 95 minute running time, and unfolds rather more like a play than a movie. The first act - the prison cell, where Chavel has the moment of weakness he will regret his whole life, The second act - Chavel after the war gains the trust of Therese. And then the third act - The stranger arrives and all the lies become a tortuous mess ultimately leading to a satisfying and inevitable conclusion.
It is not really a war story, but a character study. What can you do if you have a moment of weakness with consequences that cannot be undone? When all you have is guilt, what can be done to make things right? As for the production in general, the music is often overdone, but the subtlety of the acting and fine French locations cover over the TV budget cracks.
A typically well told Graham Greene story, with Hopkins bringing real nuances to the role of Cheval, this deserves a wider audience than its TV movie label suggests, even if it is not up with the best Greene adaptations. 7 / 10 (for the acting!)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Solid and Rewarding TV Film 10 Jun 2011
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From Jack Gold, who also delivered one of the best Inspector Morse episodes, come this Graham Greene adaptation with undertones of Martin Guerre.
The performances are first rate and the screenplay functions well, although it does suffer from being a TV Movie and trying to deal with too many chunks rather than letting the plot develop.
All of that said it is a really satisfying adaptation, with a mature and good story from Greene, a good and haunted performance from Anthony Hopkins and a beautiful Kristin Scott Thomas proving that she is not only more beautiful than other Hollywood stars, but she is also smarter and wiser as an actress, the scene of the "return" is a moment to note here.
If like me you didn't know this movie then give it a chance, something brought you to this page and at this price it is worth a gamble.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
"The Tenth Man," is an all-star, full-color television treatment, made for the one-time prestigious American series "Hallmark Hall of Fame." It is based on a bleak suspenseful thriller that was, to me, for years, a puzzling anomaly in the writing career of distinguished British author Graham Greene. The underlying crime drama is only 156 pages, really novella length, yet it has his usual power, though it lacks the accreted detail I've gotten used to in his work. Still, in its 100 minutes, the film gives us an excellent picture of wartime, occupied France, and the people who had to live there; the city of Paris, and the countryside at the time. Greene's characters, as ever, are sharply drawn, and ring true to their natures.

The production is set in 1944, in a German Gestapo prison in occupied France, during World War II, where 32 Frenchmen have been taken hostage. Local resistance activity causes the Germans to decide that one of every ten men - three men--must therefore meet their deaths by firing squad, but they don't care which three men. The hostages draw lots. Anthony Hopkins (The Hannibal Lecter Box Set [Blu-ray][Region Free]) plays Jean Louis Chevel, a lawyer and a rich man. Chevel gets one of the marked ballots; he offers his entire fortune, and all his holdings, to the heirs of any man who will take his place. A sickly young man Michel Mangeot, known as "Janvier,"(played by Timothy Watson) agrees. As the Germans are driven out of France-- Paris was liberated on August 25, 1944-- and the war ends for the French, the hostages are released. Chevel, not knowing what else to do, finds his way to his hereditary estate in the country.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual Story
If you want an unusual story about occupied France, during the Second World War,you will enjoy this film,but to be fair,it does seem a little tame compared with the epics which we... Read more
Published 2 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read this
Good value good bookand very easy to read The product was exactly as described in the advertisement what else can I say
Published 2 months ago by Gerrybell
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD --The Tenth Man
Anything that stars Anthony Hopkins is bound to be good -- this is no exception: the acting is superb and the storyline is dramatic and poignant.
Published 4 months ago by Eilish Agnew
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and enjoyable couple of hours
A good film of an intriguing Graham Greene story. Well acted, particularly Anthony Hopkins. I have to say that I thought that Kristin Scott Thomas, who I rate as a fine actress,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by david b
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual movie
A good old British movie located in WW2 France . Somewhat dated now, but still well worth watching. Very unusual ending
Published 6 months ago by Roger Sawyer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to Graham Greene's standard
I have no problems with the standard of the production, or the acting, especially Anthony Hopkins, but I found the story a little weak and certainly not in the same ilk as Greene's... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr. John Holt
3.0 out of 5 stars Good actors and ok story
Personally I did not find this too gripping a story but with A Hopkins and D Jacobi the performances were sound as a pound of course. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Furry Ferret
5.0 out of 5 stars A good story line
A good story acting rather than visual effects. Something I would possibly keep it and watch at a future date.
Published 11 months ago by Wynne Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars A moving film
Anthony Hopkins is superb in the character of the fallen hero. It shows the brutality, inhumanity & injustice of the Nazis.
Published 12 months ago by Dr.D.K.Mallick
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty boring.
This is an early Hopkins film, slow, plodding and totally predictable storyline. Hopkins went on to do MUCH better films.
Published 12 months ago by B-B
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